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Construction to begin this winter at former Vitamilk site, plans include new PCC

What do you think? (21 Comments) April 27, 2011 at 7:00AM

Construction is finally moving forward at the former Vitamilk Dairy site, and the new building should be open by late 2013.

The east Green Lake property, frequently referred to by locals as “The Big Hole,” has been a vacant pit since development was stalled three years ago.

Located between Woodlawn Ave NE, NE 71st St, 5th Ave NE, and NE 72nd St, the site covers more than three acres of land.

The property developers, Lorig Associaties, originally planned at 120,000-square-foot, mixed-use project for the site. Plans for the development, called Park 71 @ Greenlake, included public plazas, approximately 480 apartments, more than 120,000 square feet of commercial space (which was to include a grocery store, restaurants, and retailers), and two levels of underground parking.

In 2008, the grocery store backed out. Without an anchor tenant, the project stalled. The property, which is privately owned by Vitamilk operators Teel Vander Pol & Teel LLP, has sat empty since then.

A new anchor tenant has been found for the site: PCC Natural Markets.

Ground breaking at the site, now being referred to as “Green Lake Village,” is targeted for this winter, and the new PCC is scheduled to open in late 2013.

The development will feature residential and retail space as well as public areas and underground parking.

Approximately 295 apartments will be constructed in five stories. “With demand for apartments increasing,” Jordan Malloch of Windermere Real Estate Green Lake tells us, ”soon there will not be enough supply. The time is right for a project like this in Green Lake.”

There will be 55,000 square feet of retail space below the residential floors, 25,000 of which will be occupied by the new PCC. The grocery store is expected to employ about 130 full and part-time employees.

“PCC is thrilled to be part of this exciting project in such a vibrant neighborhood,” Tracy Wolpert, PCC’s CEO said today (Wednesday, April 27, 2011).

There are currently nine Puget Sound PCC stores, including the Greenlake PCC in west Green Lake (7504 Aurora Ave N), which will remain open.

“We welcome PCC Natural Markets as an anchor retail tenant,” said Daryl Vander Pol of the Vitamilk family. “PCC has a solid reputation for operating beautiful and successful stores, and for being a good neighbor and partner in all the communities it serves.”

Seattle-based Velocipede Architects and Woodman Construction will be involved in the design and construction of the new PCC, which will incorporate many environmentally-friendly features and practices.

Thanks for the tip, James S. Cameron!

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Note — Updated information about Green Lake Village and the future PCC can be found here.

21 Responses to “Construction to begin this winter at former Vitamilk site, plans include new PCC”

  1. Just a brief note. The timing of this development could not have been more serendipitous. In response to the city’s new program, described here:

    http://www.seattle.gov/news/detail.asp?ID=11600&Dept=28

    and highlighted in this blog a few weeks back, a meeting involving the Seattle City Council’s Sally Clark, the Seattle DPD, the Seattle Design Commission, members of the Green Lake community, and the property owners/Lorig was in the process of being organized to discover what, if anything, could be done to dress up the construction site using the new legislation.

    Sally Clark was very receptive to this, and she and a member of her staff, Dan Nolte, deserve a big shout out for their willingness to engage the issue. Also deserving a big thank you is this blog’s Amy Duncan, who got the ball rolling with her original story and who has stayed on it throughout. Not surprisingly, she was the first out of the block with the latest development.

  2. Guest says:

    Pretty close to the other PCC… I wonder if that one is going to close?

    • Thanks for the comment – the other PCC will remain open.

      Amy

      • Anonymous says:

        So they say. For now. Two PCCs that close, with nothing but lake between them? Hmm. Something’s gotta give. I’m going to hate it if I lose my PCC — I’m on the west side of the lake; the existing store could only be more convenient if it was in my living room.

  3. Gunnar says:

    Great news for Green Lake. The ground breaking looks done, lets start pouring the foundation! How about a little movie theatre complex in that development? We have enough pizza, sandwich, coffee and yogurt shops in the area.

    • Anonymous says:

      I see your movie theater, Gunnar, and raise you a BOWLING ALLEY.

      • I fear opening a movie theater right now is a lot like opening a bookstore or a record store — more idealistic than practical — which doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like to see one or go to it!

  4. Gunnar says:

    RB…Bowling alley would be fantastic.

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  6. Bgwclassic says:

    this is great news for Greenlake. I’ve thought for a few years now that when the construction trailor shows up and some white hard hats start walking around with a set of building plans spread out on the front of a white pickup. the Great recession is OVER.

  7. copperberry says:

    Love the idea of a movie theater and/or a bowling alley. They both sound great. And a small hardware and/or stationary store? It would be really nice to have all the amenities within walking distance, wouldn’t it! Ah my dreams are flying all over the place!!

  8. Getrichard says:

    We were hoping for a Trader Joe’s but PCC is excellent as well! We haven’t had a grocery store in walking distance since Albertsons closed, and the QFC is going to close when their lease is up to make room for the light rail.

  9. Tim K. says:

    The Seattle Times article said Lorig was trying to land a Portland grocery chain. If that chain was tohave been New Seasons (imagine Whole Foods crossed with a Grocery Outlet and a pre-Kroger QFC), that would have been awesome and I’m sad for the loss.

    Don’t get me wrong, PCC is fine, but I sort of feel like we’ve got enough of them around here. I’m glad something is going in there — though my kids will be disappointed when they finally have to accept that it isn’t going to be a giant outdoor pool.

  10. Liz says:

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    • Liz says:

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  11. Roosevelt Dad says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if a second PCC could be successful this close to the one on Aurora. PCC types like local, and love hyper-local. As Starbucks has discovered, a site across the street from an existing store can represent a whole new market if that street is inconvenient, difficult to cross, and has plenty of other anchor stores/workplaces/activities to draw people.

  12. Reid Branson says:

    Isn’t it also just lovely that PCC is doing well enough to invest in this site? Great news for the economy and for our support of a local business. Bully for us.

  13. Runyararo says:

    I would like to strongly and vocally encourage the developers to go above and beyond with sustainability with this site – LEED Platinum, Living Building Challenge, Net-Zero Energy and Water, Rain Gardens and Bio-swales…the works! It is the PCC after all. And, perhaps the world’s first LEED bowling alley?

  14. Sam says:

    I love PCC and shop at the North Green Lake one all the time- it’s uber close to my house…BUT I would have loved to see a less expensive grocery store in this space…a Metropolitan Market would have been dreamy but I would have loved a QFC there too…

  15. melanie says:

    how fabulous! this is a bit close to the existing PCC on Aurora… however, I tend not to go to that PCC as the parking can be tricky and during rush hour, can hardly get back onto the street! I tend to go to the Fremont PCC although a bit further away. The new Greenlake PCC at the Vitamilk site would be just within walking distance for me – can’t wait! This is a dense neigherhood so I think there will be plenty of business for both stores. I love PCC, so happy its doing well and is still expanding.

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